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The whole idea of Earth Hour is not too bright
National Post ^ | March 22, 2013 | Bjørn Lomborg

Posted on 03/22/2013 12:58:20 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30 — and at 9:30, and at 10:30 — and for the rest of the night, just like they do every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.

At the same time, another one billion people will participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.

The organizers say that they are providing a way to demonstrate one’s desire to “do something” about global warming. But the reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessens, and it actually increases CO2 emissions. Its vain symbolism reveals exactly what is wrong with today’s feel-good environmentalism.

Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see.

Notice that you have not been asked to switch off anything really inconvenient, like your heating or air-conditioning, television, computer, mobile phone or any of the myriad technologies that depend on affordable, plentiful energy electricity and make modern life possible. If switching off the lights for one hour per year really were beneficial, why would we not do it for the other 8,759?

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1 posted on 03/22/2013 12:58:20 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Squawk 8888

Not me. I’m turning on every light I have, which is very unlike me.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 12:59:33 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Squawk 8888

the short answer here is that we’re supposed to be liberal, not question our enviro-nazi masters, and do what we’re told. We’re supposed to accept on face value that we need to sit in the dark to make this political statement.

Good liberals don’t question their masters.


3 posted on 03/22/2013 1:01:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Squawk 8888
I guess my idea is not so bad after all, trying to combat the enviro whacko's.

In fact, Earth Hour will cause emissions to increase: As the United Kingdom’s National Grid operators have found, a small decline in electricity consumption does not translate into less energy being pumped into the grid, and therefore will not reduce emissions. Moreover, during Earth Hour, any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward.

4 posted on 03/22/2013 1:02:06 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Squawk 8888
We're going to look like Las Vegas.
Maybe brighter.
5 posted on 03/22/2013 1:04:01 PM PDT by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: Squawk 8888

We will be turning our lights out probably around 10 p.m. until about 7 a.m. tomorrow. Does that count?


6 posted on 03/22/2013 1:05:02 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: NEMDF

LOL


7 posted on 03/22/2013 1:07:08 PM PDT by laplata
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To: Squawk 8888

Hmmm - NCAA tournament games are on tonight. Good luck with that light bulb thing.


8 posted on 03/22/2013 1:08:32 PM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: b4its2late

Me, too. Not to save the Earth, to save me some money. Utility bills can be killers during the winter months.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 1:12:14 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Looking at Obama’s plan for energy we will all be ‘in perpetual darkness’ before too long. Not to worry about a little feel good earth hour.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 1:13:20 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Squawk 8888

Right. And they’ll have their smartphones, ipods, tablets and whatever else uses battery power, running full blast. Genius.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 1:13:36 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Some of my neighbors leave outside lights on all night, several in fact, and it bugs me. They are younger than me and should know better. 45 years ago, I remember that my Dad hated lights at night - it’s unnatural.


12 posted on 03/22/2013 1:14:50 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: b4its2late

Roger that. Thinking about getting some of those portable search lights to put in the back yard. You know, the ones that run on evil gasoline. LOL! Gonna try to light up the whole town. Sadly I guess I make up for it the rest of the year by turning crap off all the time. But it’s strictly one sided and an economic issue for me. My plants, grass and shrubs love them some CO2. I provide as much as I can and hope others are also contributing to their welfare.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 1:16:07 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Squawk 8888

“With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.”

Lomborg is a smart guy, so I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s aware there is such a thing as non-electric artificial light. But this sentence reads as if there were no such thing until incandescent lightnulbs were invented in the 19th century, hot on the heels of Franklin’s discovering electricity in the 18th. There were candles since time immemorial, and gaslight inbetween.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 1:16:18 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Squawk 8888
On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30

Hogwash. On the evening of March 23, 2,000 kooks will go without light at 8:30 . There, fixed.

15 posted on 03/22/2013 1:16:19 PM PDT by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Squawk 8888

I’ll do my part by not using the oven and instead firing off my charcoal grill!


16 posted on 03/22/2013 1:18:37 PM PDT by AU72
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To: b4its2late
I'm ready to go:


17 posted on 03/22/2013 1:20:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Squawk 8888

Not me .. I’m turing on all my lights .. I always do.

Hey, I’m not stupid .. I have helicopters that regularly fly over my house (at very low altitudes) .. I don’t want to take any chances. I’m on the glide path to the local airport where the police and medivacs park their aircraft.


18 posted on 03/22/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth" (in spite of BO))
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To: nascarnation

The IM 230 is nice, wouldn’t mind having one, but we don’t do much MIG welding. We do have a few tools to use:

Dialarc 250
Syncrowave 250
Thermal Arc 161 STL
Lincoln SP-175 +
Lincoln AC180C
Victor & Smith O/A torches
Miller spot welder


19 posted on 03/22/2013 1:31:15 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

Yeah Hobart is the budget div of Miller.
My B-I-L used to be a sales rep for them.

For amateurs it’s fine.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: USMCPOP

Lighting the outside of your residence at night makes a lot of very good sense.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 1:35:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: USMCPOP

Wasted outdoor lighting also drives astronomers, both amateur and professional, nuts. I remember flying from Toronto to Boston one night. As we passed over Albany, the view to the south, towards New York City was sickening. It was like a tower of light reaching up into the sky. Las Vegas is not nearly as impressive from 150 miles away.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 1:45:45 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: b4its2late

Yup, me too. It is great fun to turn on every electric unit in the house and then go outside to see the meter spinning so fast that it is a blur. Not for too long though!


23 posted on 03/22/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Squawk 8888

About as bright as daylight savings time.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 1:48:32 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: beelzepug

Spring started two days ago.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 2:04:23 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Squawk 8888

Our tradition is to turn on all the lights in the house for that hour. One night we were up late packing etc. for a move and had a lot of the lights on in the house. Our daughter came homeand said “Is it “turn all your lights on night again?” :)


26 posted on 03/22/2013 2:07:36 PM PDT by mrsloungitude ( USMC Mom)
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To: USMCPOP

Leaving outside lights on is a cheap and effective crime prevention measure. Especially in areas where there are no streetlights. Many HOAs request that homeowners do it.


27 posted on 03/22/2013 2:08:07 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Fast Moving Angel

LOL they will be using their flashlight apps on their smart phones to see where they’re going.


28 posted on 03/22/2013 2:10:33 PM PDT by DManA
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To: grobdriver
We're going to look like Las Vegas.
Maybe brighter.

Apparently, Las Vegas is going along with this nonsense. I heard the LV radio station that carries Rush (KXNT?) talking about it this morning.

29 posted on 03/22/2013 2:17:03 PM PDT by Bob
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To: beelzepug

Be aware that unless you live in Florida or South Texas or something, incandescent lighting in the winter is essentially free (or more truthfully, really cheap) assuming there’s no heat wave in the upper latitudes.

What honks off the greenies about incandescents is that only about 5% of the energy that goes into them comes out as light - the remaining 95% or so gets converted to heat. In the summer, that heat is waste heat - wasted energy. But in the winter, any heat emanating from your light bulbs is heat that you don’t have to supply from your furnace or gas stove or whatever. In the winter, it’s not wasted. Does it make a whole lot of difference? no, not really.

But neither does turning off one’s lights for Earth Day. If those pinheads really wanted to save some energy, they should try to talk people into turning off their lights in the middle of August. But even then, it’s an exercise in stupidity - the utility companies have to keep their turbines spinning for the inevibable surge after the moronic Earth Hour is over, and you can’t torque those things up instantaneously.


30 posted on 03/22/2013 2:58:52 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: 1raider1; Stosh

I’m up here in NW Washington. Yesterday it was snowing only about 25 miles from me. Spring comes when it feels like it. Since our legislature decided a few years back that hydro power was not a renewable resource, power really isn’t that cheap. I guess once water goes through the powerhouse it’s just gone for good. Who knew?


31 posted on 03/22/2013 3:06:37 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!


32 posted on 03/22/2013 3:13:18 PM PDT by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: Squawk 8888
I signed the pledge with my company to turn off my lights because if they got 3000 employees to pledge, then they would plant 3000 trees. Always a good idea.

As for my pledge, I'm turning on every light in my house as an anti-crime measure, and I live in a very safe neighborhood.

Back to you, Francis.

33 posted on 03/22/2013 3:40:54 PM PDT by paul in cape
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To: b4its2late
I like to put my halogen work lights out and pointed up, just in case they`re recording from satellite.
34 posted on 03/22/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT by nomad
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To: Squawk 8888
The writer seems to believe that Global Warming is real. Stopped reading at that point.

But the point I would assume he is trying to make, that the fanatic imbeciles making up the bulk of faithful "Greenies" are doing more damage to legitimate conservation and environmental watchfulness, is entirely correct. While CO2 is the bugaboo of these morons it is in truth (fifth grade biology) an inherent part of the carbon cycle which maintains all surface and most ocean life on this planet. The poisons which spew every day from the uncontrolled industries in China and a few other places are not.

The prohibition of the use of DDT has killed and will continue to kill thousands of times more people (yes, I know the fanatics think that's a good thing) than could conceivably croak even if global warming and the scare mongers' insane projections were factual.

So by focusing attention on something which more people every day realize is a hoax for the illiterate and stupid they discredit the entire concept of caring for nature and the environment. I despise them and their moronic prophet Al Gore more for that than any damage they may inflict on my wallet.

35 posted on 03/22/2013 3:53:33 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Squawk 8888

Typically we light up our house like a Christmas Tree for Earth Hour.

Likewise, we make a point of venting some FREON into the atmosphere on “Earth Day”.

It’s our way of addressing the problems of the world.


36 posted on 03/22/2013 4:03:00 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: BobL

I usually try to burn a brush pile or two for Earth Day. Drought induced burn ban stopped me last year. )^;


37 posted on 03/22/2013 4:07:33 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: BobL

38 posted on 03/22/2013 4:10:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

Sweet, but I assume you know that R12 is more effective at destroying the Ozone layer.


39 posted on 03/22/2013 4:26:32 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: alancarp

Well, I find TV much better if the lights are off.


40 posted on 03/22/2013 4:31:03 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: beelzepug
I guess once water goes through the powerhouse it’s just gone for good. Who knew?

Well, if it wasn't gone for good they'd call it a rain "cycle" or something like that...

41 posted on 03/22/2013 4:37:27 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Lowes is starting to carry more types of LED lighting including 60 watt bulb (14W) replacements. I bought one for 25 bucks and promptly dropped it on the concrete floor and broke it when replacing the 60 watt bulb in my garage. I wonder how long it will take me to recoup my costs?
42 posted on 03/22/2013 5:30:10 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: 1raider1

“Leaving outside lights on is a cheap and effective crime prevention measure. “

So were small caliber bullets when they were affordable. I still think they have less environmental impact, even if they are made of lead.


43 posted on 03/22/2013 5:33:40 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: nascarnation

“Yeah Hobart is the budget div of Miller.
My B-I-L used to be a sales rep for them.

For amateurs it’s fine.”

Yep, it’s nice when the factory tech reps will get on a forum over the weekend and tell you how to fix a possible problem in a 10 year old machine for $5. worth of parts that you can buy over the internet. I don’t know what your BIL’s experience was, but I haven’t heard anything but compliments about their customer service.


44 posted on 03/22/2013 5:49:30 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

MY B-I-L got fired for expense acct fraud (well deserved based on some of his boasting previously).

I lost my connection.


45 posted on 03/22/2013 5:55:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Squawk 8888

Well I don’t feel like blaring all my lights like everyone else so I’m gonna go make a tire fire in the backyard ;-)


46 posted on 03/22/2013 8:14:18 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Squawk 8888

As long as i’m paying for it i’ll use all the electricity I want to and that’s probably double what i need to live.

I hate switching lights and TVs on and off as I move about the house and our computers are on 24/7!!


47 posted on 03/22/2013 8:21:58 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: beelzepug
Spring comes when it feels like it.

Not really; as "spring" has a set definition - the time of year between the vernal equinox and the longest day of the year.

TEMPERATURE has nothing to do with it.


Note that the above is for the Northern hemisphere.

"Spring" starts 6 months later in Australia.


(Just because fags what their shacking up to be included into the Marriage DEFINITION; IT AIN'T GONNA happen.)

48 posted on 03/22/2013 8:31:31 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: BobL

Speaking of the WORLD.....

http://www.google.com/search?q=shanghai+at+night&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&rlz=1I7ADRA_enUS475&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=biJNUZrvD8OoyAHeq4DoAw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=605


49 posted on 03/22/2013 8:33:47 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

I’m not fooled. Half the people on this site tell me that China is actually a backwards, Third World, country - yep, that they do. These pictures are OBVIOUSLY Photoshopped.


50 posted on 03/22/2013 9:19:52 PM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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